Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Countess Alexandra Hendrikov’s Apartment on the 3rd Floor of the Winter Palace

Countess Alexandra (Nastenka) Hendrikov, lady in waiting to Empress Alexandra, had an apartment in the Freylinsky Corridor on the 3rd Floor of the Winter Palace in 1916-1917.

Countess Olga Hendrikoff was the sister-in-law of Nastenka, married to her brother Peter.

In ‘A Countess in Limbo - Diaries in War & Revolution – Russia 1914-1920 & France 1939-1947’ edited by Suzanne Carsallen, Countess Olga Hendrikoff describes the Hendrikov family home at 3 Mikhailovskaya Square (Михайловская площади) and Nastenka’s suite of rooms.

Photo of Mikhailovskaya Square (below) c1900

On February 27th, 1917 Olga writes of Nastenka’s return to Petrograd and having been met by a palace courtier in plain clothes rather than court livery.

Photograph of Nastenka & Baroness Buxhoeveden

In July 1917, Olga, prior to leaving for Kislovdsk, went to the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo to say goodbye to Nastenka and describes this last sad meeting.

Photograph (below) of a room in Nastenka's apartment in the Winter Palace in November 1917


  1. Somehow, I didn't know about the book you reference - thank you!

    (When I looked it up online, the editor listed is Kelsey Attard; nowhere do I see mention of a Suzanne Carsallen.)

  2. That is strange. I looked at my book. Suzanne Carscallen is the great niece of Countess Olga Hendrikoff and edited the diaries. Maureen Ranson did the French translation. A Kelsey Attard is listed as 'substantive edit by Kelsey Attard.

  3. Stephilius,

    I have a copy of the Canadian publication of the book. The inside cover of the states:

    Russian translation by: Evgeny Ziberov
    French translation by: Maureen Ranson
    Substantive edit by: Kesley Attard
    Substantive edit by: Suzanne Carscallen

    Hope that helps,

    Roy Tomlin

  4. There looks to be rather a lot of hands involved! Thank you both for the clarification.

  5. Two people Countess Olga Hendrikoff writes about are Olga Hitrovo and Feodor Oom.

    With the variations in spelling, is it possible Hitrovo may also be Khitrovo? Is she possibly related to Margarita Khitrovo?

    Feodor Oom was Countess Olga's stepfather. His patronymic name was Feodorovich. Was he the son of Empress Marie's secretary Feodor Oom?

  6. The full name of Countess Hendrikova (which is nee Hendrikova/Hendrikoff, 1888-1918) was not Alexandra; it was Anastasia Vasilyevna (diminutive, 'Nastya' or, double dimunutive, 'Nastenka').